Bob Levy & Alex Rybeck at the 2014 MAC Awards at BB Kings in NYC
Jazz Vocalist and Broadway Actor Nicolas King
Jazz great LaTanya Hall
"HE REMEMBERS, SHE REMEMBERS", my first collaboration with the brilliant composer, pianist, arranger, and musical director Alex Rybeck was nominated for a 2014 MAC Award for best song. Exquisitely recorded by Joyce Breach, with Alex Rybeck on piano, Jered Egan on bass, and Rex Benincasa on percussion. Sounds like a 'standard' to me! www.joycebreach.com
I was honored to be the featured songwriter at the 2013 Cabaret Festival in Provincetown, MA.
Bob Levy with Dane Vannatter
Lynda D'Amour with Bob
"Dangerous Women" written by Bob Levy & Dennis Livingston opens this fun show in Australia at the 2013 Fringe Festival!!
One of my collaborators Dennis Livingston (son of Jerry Livingston) is having his music showcased on Sunday, November 18th. at 4 PM by the DC Cabaret Network. "OUT OF THE BOX" will include two of my favorite co-writes with Dennis. "MY NEVER ENDING DREAM" will be performed by Heather Frank and "WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD FROM YOU?" performed as a duet by George Fulginiti-Shakar & Alex Tang. http://youtu.be/aw9uqWQBvnk http://youtu.be/I1yKhp1WSCI
"IT'S TIME FOR LOVE"
Words by Bob Levy & Music by Ronny Whyte. A romantic, uptempo bossa. Vocals & Piano: Ronny Whyte, Bass: Boots Maleson, Drums: Mauricio de Souza. Recorded in NYC at Lofish Studios on June 12, 2012. Alex Nizich: Engineer.
Singer/Songwriter Ronny Whyte
A fun new jazzy up-tempo tune! Words by Bob Levy & Music by Ronny Whyte. Ronny Whyte: Vocal & Piano
Dangerous Women is a mid-tempo rumba with a tango chorus that slyly celebrates those irresistibly seductive temptress' who we encounter in pop culture, literature or real life whose allure may beckon for a time. It's witty, but yet there has to be that underlying serious side to it. We've all been 'seduced' by someone who wrapped us around their finger and put us into a seemingly magic spell.
Patricia Fitzpatrick is the founder of Cape Cod Cabaret and is a highly respected entertainer and comedian. Her silky, smokey vocals and ability to connect with her audience has brought her to the forefront of theCabaret world. Along with her musical director Brian Patton on piano, Patricia does a fun romp with this tune she for her recorded new CD "A DREAM OR TWO" available now on CDBaby.com.
May 1, 2009Boston Association Of CabaretArtists BACA Special Cabaret Showcase at Deane Hall in the Calderwood Pavilion, Tremont St. Boston, MA Mary Catherine Ward & Dane Vannatter with Bill Duffy on piano May 2, 2009 Carol Hall with Tex Arnold on piano followed by the 2009 BACA Songwriters Showcase with Dane Vannatter, Jan Peters, Lynda D’Amour, Phil Kassel & Ashley Lieberman with Tom La Mark on piano. May 3, 2009 Carol Hall Master Class at the Encore Lounge
Live Performances From BACA Songwriters Showcase Vocals by Dane Vannatter, Jan Peters, Lynda D’Amour, Phil Kassel with Tom La Mark on piano.
Bob Levy’sConnections, with lyrics by Levy and music by various composers, including himself, Levy convinces us that the craft of writing American standards is not only alive and well, but thriving. While remaining fresh and contemporary, this 20-song CD has a universal feel in its breezy nightclub sound and its lyrics that, simply put, find 20 lovely ways to say “I love you.” Levy is nothing else if not a marvelous collaborator, working with six additional composers, seven pianists/arrangers, and nine vocalists on this recording. It is a testament to his musical vision that this recording maintains its cohesion, moving seamlessly from song to song.
His most fruitful teamwork shows with Harriet Goldberg, whose haunting descending harmonies in “The Moon, The Stars, The Sky” and lilting romantic tempo in “Nothing to Lose,” are real standouts. Cabaret stalwart Alex Rybeck provides great musical versatility with a bouncy “Looks Like They’re in Love,” and yet a lush arrangement for the reflective “He Remembers, She Remembers,” underscored by Jered Egan’s poignantly bowed bass and Joyce Breach’s honest delivery, making it one of the recording’s many highlights. Additional composers Ronny Whyte, Dennis Livingston, Jon Burr, Krisanthi Pappas and Levy himself add romance, seduction, shades of country, and a soupçon of the blues. Dane Vannatter, frequent Levy collaborator, sings more than half the numbers, providing smooth, buttery vocals throughout, with an essence of Stevie Wonder in “The Moon, The Stars, The Sky,” and yet a Mel Tormé style in “Looks Like They’re in Love.” Cabaret veterans Judi Figel, Barbara Porteus, Krisanthi Pappas, and Matt Ray offer additional solid vocals, while Jinny Sagorin becomes a Disney princess on Livingston’s “My Never Ending Dream.” But the top kudos goes to Levy, who paints many shades of love with his simple straightforward lyrics, that fall beautifully on these cushioning melodies. If you want a romantic night out on the town without ever leaving your house, this is your recording. http://cabaretscenes.org/2015/09/28/bob-levy-connections/
“A LITTLE BIT MORE” is an eclectic mix of original ballads, bossas & swing in the jazz style of The Great American Songbook as interpreted by the distinctive sound of Jon & Lynn. Words by Bob Levy, Music by Jon Burr, Bob Levy, Harriet Goldberg & Krisanthi Pappas. Bob Levy, Jon Burr and Lynn Stein’s fortuitous meeting at The Iguana Lounge in New York City in 2010 at an appearance of the duo Jon & Lynn led to this exciting collaboration. Jon & Lynn’s unique style and arrangements express the essence of the Great American Songbook and contemporary jazz, combining the distinctive sound of the upright bass and voice into a mesmerizing combo. Composer Jon Burr, an acoustic bass virtuoso, has worked with Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Stephane Grappelli and others. Lynn Stein is the Artistic Director for the Rockland Center for the Arts, returning to her musical roots as a vocalist. Her sultry, smoky interpretations have a playful way with a lyric. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jonlynn Available now! Read Joe Regan, Jr.'s Review: “A Little Bit More” – The Songs of Bob Levy & Jon Burr | T2C Online
For those of you who have said, “They don’t write songs like they used to”, Bob Levy’s first CD, “Out In The Cold” is the CD for you! Featuring PARIS WITHOUT YOU from the Touchstone Film 'YOU AGAIN' that stars Betty White, Sigourney Weaver, Victor Garber, Patrick Duffy & Jamie Lee Curtis and WHY PRETEND from TNT's hit series SAVING GRACE and ABC Family's GREEK. Bob is an award-winning songwriter on the East Coast. “Out In the Cold” is his first jazz CD after more than ten years of writing country songs for many Nashville artists. Bob went back to his jazz roots for this exciting CD of ‘New Jazz Standards’ that evokes memories of Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme classics. Rich ballads, romantic bossa novas and swing. Bob Levy’s songs are performed by jazz vocalist, Perry Danos. “Perry Danos is the perfect blend of Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett and Michael Buble. His warm, rich voice and natural delivery goes right to the heart of a jazz song. Perry’s style and interpretation are uniquely his own”, says Levy. Joining Perry on this CD is Shelly Miller whose beautiful, silky voice is reminiscent of Grammy winner Norah Jones. Bob’s special guest is the exceptionally talented Dane Vannatter, Back Stage Magazine’s 2006 Bistro Award Winner and 2007 Nightlife Awards finalist. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/perrydanos
"ME + MY BEST FRIENDS is Bob Levy's second CD collection he released in 2008 that celebrates some old and new collaborations. More diverse than "OUT IN THE COLD", Bob's first jazz album that was released in 2006, this new project reunites Bob with composer David Coons, plus three new writing partners, Karen Jacobsen, Dennis Livingston and Harriet Goldberg from Boston. It also brings together multi-talented producer/arranger Jamey Whiting and several gifted vocalists, that includes Perry Danos who was on Bob's first CD, and two-time Grammy nominee Carolyn Martin. Special guest vocalists are Karen Jocobsen and the wonderful Jazz vocalist, Dane Vannatter. Some old 'FRIENDS' and some new join forces to create an exciting, eclectic mix of ballads, bossas and swing." CdBaby.com/cd/BobLevy & Apple - iTunes - Me & My Best Friends
“OFF HIS HIGH HORSE”,‘The Worktape Series’ are songs by Bob Levy that are pre-production studio recordings ofhis new jazz, blues and cabaret songs(plus a few songs from his 'FRIENDS' CD) with Piano/Vocals by Jamey Whiting who is an accomplished jazz-blues vocalist and musician in Nashville, Tennessee, who produced both of Bob’s previous collections. Twenty-one tracks in all…with something for everyone. There are bossa’s, ballads, swing and even a few specialty/comedy material. A diverse CD of original tunes that tug at your heartstrings one minute and tickle your funny bone the next.
"Talented songwriter, Bob Levy, returns with another fine release of his original vocal numbers. Again performed by a crack Nashville unit led by veteran keyboardist, Jamey Whiting, the songs often return to a day when melody was king. Vocalists Perry Danos, Carolyn Martin, Dane Vanatter lend their talents to presenting a collection of 18 tunes that showcase a wider range of Levy's songwriting abilities. Starting with Danos' smooth delivery on "Ever Since We Met" through Carolyn Martin's showstopping "Loving This Man" and the Brazilian-influenced title track, there are plenty of melodies that you'll find yourself humming along to. Cabaret jazz vocals, Broadway showtunes, flamenco ("You Can Say You're Sorry") pop ("Could This Be Love") and even bluesy rock ("One Reason") and country ("The Truth") are referenced with care. And again on this outing, the Nashville flavor shines through clearly, thanks to Whiting's Nashville pedigree and the professional sheen of the production. It is an appealing combination and one that fans of old-school songwriting will appreciate. Throughout it all, Levy's lyrics stand as intelligent and sensitive and somewhat of a throwback to a time when lyrics told a story in an intelligible manner. Listening to the good singing, solid playing and pleasant songwriting from Levy and his friends makes for an enjoyable evening with friends indeed." Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net
"Bob Levy's CD "Me & My Best Friends" is a combination of fantastic modern jazz songs with a touch of bossa, blues/jazz and a hint of country/americana. This is an impressive collection of songs that creates a total enjoyable listening experience as you go from track to track. Some of the tracks are reminiscent of Bob's previous cd "Out In The Cold" released in 2006 which was an overwhelming success for this exceptional songwriter. But as you continue to listen to each track, you will hear a transition from what is expected with touches of blues and country/americana while maintaining continuity. The songs are powerfully passionate and fully displays the talent of award-winning songwriter Bob Levy and his co-writers Dennis Livingston, Karen Jacobsen, David Coons, Harriet Goldberg and the artists that perform these songs. This includes vocal powerhouses Perry Danos, John Foster, Carolyn Martin, Dane Vannatter, Juli Maners, Mike Lusk, Karen Jacobsen and Shelly Miller. Key tracks on this magnificent CD are "One Reason", "This Time", "You Can Say You're Sorry", "You Won't Be Breaking My Heart", "Could This Be Love", "Between My Broken Heart and You", "The Truth" and "Sooner Than Someday". Bert Gagnon, Neon Productions Radio on Musictogousa.com
"So great to hear even more wonderful tunes from the pen of Bob Levy following the terrific "Out In The Cold" CD! Bob has a talent for both the swinging and the sweet when it comes to his songs. These songs, paired with the outstanding vocals on this CD, make it downright intoxicating!" Julie Esposito, LA Vocalist
"This CD is a wonderful example of the vast and excellent range of Bob Levy's writing style. The vocals are top-notch and each song is a gem. Bob's lyrics and music perfectly blend together to create truly wonderful, entertaining songs. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into one of his songs! Bravo!!" Francesca Amari, Vocalist
"I really appreciate receiving your CD - "Me & My Best Friends". I have been listening to it in my car here in Los Angeles. It's a really good collection of songs and the vocals are terrific! I especially like "That's What You'll Get From Me" and "What Are We Doing Here?". Michael Kerker, ASCAP Director of Musical Theatre
"('ME + MY BEST FRIENDS') Bob Levy’s songs seem to radiate a “nice guy” feel... Many tracks are in the country music style with hearts that are on the sleeve or broken... The most countryish are the bestish.Though some songs are sprinkled with well-worn phrases...there are also examples of finely crafted lines. My favorite: “Fate’s just an old cliché songwriters all adore/Your life’s a Gershwin score you orchestrate, so why wait?”Carolyn Martin plaintively sings three numbers... Half of the 18 tracks are sung by Perry Danos, who is a real asset with an attractive touch of sandpaper in his warm and fuzzy voice. On some of the tracks, he has a way of successfully defusing the sentimentality and adding a hip snap and crackle to the pop. He appeared on the previous Levy collection, Out in the Cold. Five other singers are on board, with one song apiece. One is cabaret artist Dane Vannatter (also on the prior CD) whose track is a smoothie and highlight: “Sooner Than Someday” (with co-writer Dennis Livingston and a different pianist, Jim Rice). A few other tracks feature writing collaborations: quite effective and polished is “This Time” with the writing partner du jour Karen Jacobsen doing the heartbreaking vocal." Rob Lester,Cabaret Scenes Magazine, December 2008 www.cabaretscenes.org
BOB LEVY'S "OUT IN THE COLD" - New Jazz Standards CD Vocals by Perry Danos, Shelley Miller & Dane Vannatter